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Preventing Eye Injuries

Any activity where something is flying at the eye puts the eye at risk for an injury. Over one million people suffer eye injuries each year in the U.S. Almost 50% of these accidents occur at home and over 90% of them could have been prevented.


Minor injuries to the cornea (the clear, protective covering over the front of the eye) can be quite painful. A corneal abrasion is a scratch. Appropriate treatment may include an antibiotic drop or ointment and an eye patch for comfort. Sand or other particles can stick to the cornea. Such foreign bodies may be removed by your doctor. Do not rub the eye.


Regular prescription glasses or contact lenses do not protect the eyes from injury. Some glasses and some types of contact lenses shatter if the eye is hit. People who play sports and wear prescription glasses can have special glasses or prescription goggles made to protect their eyes.


Unfortunately, many people do not think they are at risk for an eye injury until the injury occurs. The majority of eye injuries are easily prevented. Follow safety precautions and use common sense to reduce the risk.



When an eye injury does occur, have an eye doctor or urgent care doctor examine the eyes as soon as possible. If specialized surgical intervention is required, referral to a surgeon who performs such procedures would be indicated.

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